I recently read an article on the New York Times website that attempted to answer this exact question. The article Sorry, Etsy. That Handmade Scarf Won’t Save the World. was written by Emily Matchar, an articulate writer who delved into the issue thoroughly for the brevity of the article. I actually enjoyed reading it because it was so well written. Being a writer myself, that says a lot. In the first three paragraphs, the author points out the irony surrounding handmade goods and their pricing. A store bought sweater, for example, can cost $20 or less at Walmart, but a hand-knit sweater can cost well over $100 on Etsy. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, handmade was free, and many families only survived because they wore only handmade clothes. Almost every family had someone who could make by hand what they needed. These handmade arts were ubiquitous. (Interestingly, during the Great …
I’ve been on vacation for the past week, and thoroughly enjoying myself. But on Thursday, I somehow through my back out while doing some cleaning, which left me on the couch for the rest of the week. In order to keep myself from getting bored and spending too much time on my phone playing World at Arms (which is really addictive!), I decided to work on some of the crochet projects that I’ve been wanting to finish for the shop. One of these projects is a new product that is actually a set and perfect for those on the go. For example, I live about 18 miles from work, which isn’t a long haul, but it means if I forget something I can’t go home to get it because it’s 30 minutes each way. This set keeps me from losing anything and makes it easy to carry everything without having …
I love tax season. Granted, I probably wouldn’t if I owed the IRS, but (knock on wood) that hasn’t happened yet. Every year I file as soon as I get my W2. This year, the IRS started processing returns on January 20th. I filed on the 19th. I got my refund on Friday, WOOHOO!!! My first purchase was a new lens for my camera that I’ve been drooling over for the past year. If your new to the blog, you probably don’t know that I’m absolutely in love with my camera. It’s a Nikon D5100, and it was the best money I’ve ever spent. I love to photograph nature, dragonflies specifically. I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with getting the clearest images of these little guys that I can, and my camera is amazing, even with the stock lens. But I had to get within inches of the little …
I’ve been working on a baby blanket for some time now, and unfortunately, I ran out of the yarn I was using before I got to finish it. The yarn I was using is Bernat Softee Baby, but the color I was using is no longer being made. I’ve been trying to figure out how to finish the blanket, and I think I finally came up with the perfect way to do it. I found an eyelash yarn in baby pink that I had laying around and thought it would make the perfect border for this little blanket. The crochet pattern I’m using gives this blanket a very frilly/lacey border. But I made this blanket with the frilly edging for my daughter eight years ago, but unfortunately the edging has not only become torn from the blanket itself, the edging itself has also started to fall apart. The filly edging …
I’m not just the owner of Blue Dasher Crafts, I’m a real person too! There’s a lot more to me than just the business, so this post is all about me. Here are 12 things you probably don’t know about me. Enjoy! 12 Things You Don’t Know About Me 1) I tend to be a rather eccentric individual. I’m more of an introverted loner than an extrovert people person. Although I’m good with people, and can get along with just about anyone, I’m much prefer the solitude of my own home and family. I could very easily become a recluse if I didn’t have to work outside the home or run errands like grocery shopping etc. 2) I love crafting, especially crochet, cross stitch, jewelry making and scrapbooking. Unfortunately, I haven’t scrapped in a couple of years, mainly because I haven’t had the time or the money, so I’m a …
I love to read, I just don’t have make the time to do it like I should. One of my goals this year is to read a minimum of 40 books (all of which must be over 100 pages) and make time to read for at least an hour per day. Apparently the “reading challenge” is a popular resolution this tear because even Mark Zuckerberg made it one of his resolutions. He dedicated a whole page to the challenge on Facebook where everyone can read the book he’s reading and discuss it. Last year I tried to do the reading challenge on GoodReads, but I started way too late in the year and only ended up reading four books. But that’s better than what I’ve done in the past! This year I’m starting early with the challenge and even made up a reading list with 85 books, more than what …
I love New Year’s. I get to set new goals, and I get to put my planner together for the year, which is my favorite part. I love picking out new printables and putting together the book that will keep me organized for the year. This year I put my 2015 planner together with my 2015 blogging planner as well as my 2015 Blue Dasher Crafts planner. I really need to think about getting a bigger binder, things are a bit tight in my favorite pink one! While I put my planner together, I think about what I want to accomplish during the upcoming year. I came up with quite a few goals for 2015. Here’s what I’m planning for Blue Dasher Crafts this year.
ALthough Blue Dasher Crafts has gotten a late start this year, we created a new line of crochet goodies for winter. My friend Melina has joined me in this business venture and she created this line of winter fashion herself. You can now find crochet winter scarves and scarf and hat sets in our little shop. They are available in just about any color via custom order, but here are the sets we have available that are ready for shipping: That’s my handsome hubby modeling the scarves! 😀 We’ll be listing more scarves and hat sets as soon as Melina finishes them, so check back often! I created a new line of jewelry. I was experimenting with using chip gemstones in my earrings instead of the rolled and polished ones I typically use, and I came up with what I think is a very Bohemian type of jewelry. I also …
You may have noticed that the blog has been undergoing a few changes recently. I’ve given up on being a “mommy blogger.” It’s just not me, and I can’t be something I’m not. But I am still blogging about fitness and homeschooling. Those are things I really enjoy writing about, so those two blogs will be around for awhile. I have not given up on my dream of being an entrepreneur. I’m still freelancing as a writer, and of course, I still write articles on Hubpages. But recently, I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting. I love to crochet. It’s a very relaxing hobby, and it’s portable! I can take it with me to work and crochet during lunch. I can crochet while I’m watching The Walking Dead on TV. Although, during the mid season 5 finale, I was glued to the TV and crying at the end, so there …
I’m a creative person at heart. I love photography, scrapbooking, crocheting and making jewelry in my spare time among other crafts. I find it calming and relaxing, and my life has been pretty stressful lately. The more stressful life is, the more I seem to be drawn to crafting. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few finished (and even more unfinished) projects, so I decided to open a shop on Etsy. I called it Blue Dasher Crafts after my favorite dragonfly, the Blue Dasher. This month (November 2014) I’m holding a Grand Opening sale to celebrate! Use code BDCNOV to get 20 percent off your order before November 30, 2014. Don’t forget, we happily accept custom orders! Recently, I’ve been getting back to crocheting. I taught myself how to crochet shortly after my car accident in 1999, and I’ve been crocheting ever since, albeit sporadically. It’s probably my favorite …
Eden, Dawn: The Chronicles of Paradise
I love to read. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to pick up a book, let alone open it recently. My plate has been overflowing with stuff going on and I’m lucky I have time to workout in the morning. But I make time to do that. I realized I need to make time for things that are important to me, and reading is important. It stimulates the mind and improves vocabulary. It also improves my writing skills. So, it’s something I need to do. I started out by creating a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for Sam and I. It was kind of like our own little book club. Although we weren’t reading all of the same books, there were a few young adult novels that we were both reading. One of which was Eden, Dawn: The Chronicles of Paradise by Archer Swift. I had 33 books on my summer reading …
I am, I admit it. They give me that sad little “help me” look and my heart crumbles. It’s one of the two main reasons I’m vegan. My own pets have me wrapped around their little paw. They know exactly how to manipulate me, and they are so good at it. In the past two days, I’ve rescued five different animals from a plight. Many people may consider these animals inconsequential and not worth rescuing. But I can’t help feeling sorry for any animal that gets trapped, injured or is otherwise unable to help itself. Yesterday, I rescued a tree frog who made the sad mistake of jumping into my house. With six cats, if I hadn’t caught him, he would have been dead in minutes. Shortly after that, I went out with Sam to chase dragonflies, and Sam found a butterfly that couldn’t fly. He could glide, but I …
Such a beautiful dragonfly
I’ve always really liked dragonflies. I think they are really pretty. But I’ve never been a fan of insects. In fact, you could say I really hate them. Well, I used to anyway… Recently, I joined a group on Facebook from which I’ve been unable to break away. I’m constantly admiring the photos that other people are uploading. I’m also enjoying learning how to identify the various species of this gorgeous insect. For example:
On Thursday, I received an email stating that the Certificate of Completion for my Medical Neuroscience class was available. I was so excited, I immediately clicked the link and downloaded the pdf file. After staring at it for a few minutes, I decided to print it. It sat on my desk for about 24 hours before I decided what I wanted to do with it. Instead of keeping it safe in a page protector and putting it in my Medical Neuroscience notebook, I decided to frame it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an extra frame laying around, and since I didn’t have the funds (or a car!) to go out and buy one, I repurposed one that was holding an inspirational word collage. I wasn’t happy about losing the word collage because like I said, it was inspirational, but I thought in the end, this Certificate of Completion was really a …
It’s Friday again, and you know what that means! It’s another (cue game show announcer) Finish the Sentence Friday! Today’s prompt is: If I could have dinner with anyone in history,  it would be with… I actually had some trouble with this one. I’m not really a history buff (that’s totally Greg). Every time I’ve been asked this question, I completely draw a blank. Completely. But then I got creative… The sentence prompt isn’t specific… it doens’t say “If I could have dinner with any real person in history….” As the person I chose would say “HA!” So here ya go: Drum roll please… ……………….. If I could have dinner with anyone in history, it would be with:
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